7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more this weekend


It was a hell of a year, wasn’t it? Of course, the global pandemic continued to grab the headlines in 2021, but we’ve also been treated to some really great movies and TV shows over the past 12 months – including the best you can find in our annual streaming roundup.

The onslaught of high-quality entertainment is not yet over, however. Many major streamers have saved some of their best deals for the end of the year, and the next few days will see fans of big franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter looking for their remotes again.

Below we’ve rounded up the seven greatest upcoming movies and TV shows. Netflix, HBO Max, Main video and more this weekend.

Happy New Year, guys!

Boba Fett’s Book (Disney Plus)

Looking for some new Star Wars action to guide you through The Mandalorian season 3? Boba Fett’s book arrived on Disney plus to quench your thirst for bounty hunting getaways.

Disney’s long-awaited spin-off series focuses on the misadventures of the titular antihero Temuera Morrison as he and his former Mandalorian colleague Fennec Shand strive to lead Jabba the Hutt’s seedy underground empire.

The first two episodes are available to stream now on Disney Plus, with the remaining five arriving every Wednesday at 12 p.m. PT / 3 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. GMT / 5 p.m. AEDT.

Expect bandits, blasters, and a lot of betrayals.

Now available to stream on Disney Plus

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts (HBO Max)

After the success of Friends: The Reunion earlier in the year, it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. does order an equally nostalgic special for the beloved Harry Potter franchise.

As such, you probably already know what to expect from the aptly titled Back to Hogwarts. The one-off reunion will combine interviews, casting conversations and behind-the-scenes footage to take audiences on a “magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.”

It’ll undoubtedly be too sweet, but fans of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World will likely find a lot to like here (the author herself won’t appear in interviews, beware).

Available to stream on HBO Max in the US and Sky in the UK from Saturday

Cobra Kai season 4 (Netflix)

After a year of absence, Cobra Kai season 4 made its way to Netflix this weekend.

New episodes of the Karate Kid spin-off will see Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso begin training together for the first time in a bid to defeat infamous villain Terry Silver – although, as existing fans of the series may wish, ‘wait, the two leaders are struggling to agree on combat techniques.

Audiences should expect more of the same nerdy nostalgia, teenage angst, and emotional punches (if you’ll excuse the pun) from this one, then.

Now available to stream on Netflix

The Lost Girl (Netflix)

In Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature debut, now available to stream on Netflix, a woman’s beach vacation takes a dark turn when her obsession with a young mother forces her to confront the secrets of her past.

The Lost Girl stars Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jessie Buckley, with the former (unsurprisingly) once again the subject of the early Oscars buzz.

This one has already been praised for its uncomfortable examination of motherhood and maternal responsibility, so expect a somber but captivating watch.

Now available to stream on Netflix

Stay Close (Netflix)

Netflix’s latest adaptation of Harlan Coben follows a photojournalist, soccer mom and homicide detective as their lives are disrupted by a terrible event from the past.

If that sounds like a mundane thriller synopsis, it’s because Stay Close is probably exactly that – although a cast including Cush Humbo, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Eddie Izzard, and Sarah Parish should make sure this one. has enough meat on the bone to make it worth watching.

It will also be interesting to see how Coben’s story is adapted to a British context (the novel is set in the American suburbs) in this eight part series.

Now available to stream on Netflix

Queer Eye season 6 (Netflix)

Netflix’s hugely popular reality show Queer Eye returns for its sixth season this New Years Eve.

This time around, the Fab Five find themselves giving style advice to deserving residents of the US state of Lone Star. Expect inspiring transformations from a dance teacher, a cowboy who sometimes forgets to take a shower, a transgender bodybuilder, an entire high school prom committee and many more .

If you’re looking for a feel-good TV to get you over the whirlwind of 2021, the new season of Queer Eye is a sure-fire way to put a smile on your face.

Now available to stream on Netflix

Kick in the ass (main video)

Now we know this isn’t a new release, but since Prime Video isn’t getting any new original content this week, we thought we’d highlight our selection of movies and TV shows that are stumble upon the Amazon streamer over the next few days.

Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass is one of the best superhero movies of the past decade. We’re saying superhero movies, but it’s really more of an anti-superhero movie – an action comedy that straddles the line between parody and crime thriller.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays comic book geek Dave Lizewski, who wants to become Kick-Ass, a real superhero. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, and Kick Ass sets out on a bloody and hilarious adventure across New York City.

If you’re hoping to end 2021 on a high note, the movies aren’t much nicer than that.

Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

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